Panorama Tour

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

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Activity #3864
  • Experience what it was like to be a guest in Wright's famous home on our signature tour which includes the Taliesin West Garden Room.

  • Discover some of the beautiful desert trails surrounding Taliesin West & gain insight into Frank Lloyd Wright's School of Architecture.

  • Experience Wright's architectural genius on this 3-hour behind the scenes tour which includes guest speakers and even mid-morning tea.

  • Explore the desert area while your guide reveals how native materials and landforms were translated into design elements by Wright.

  • Wright's creation at night takes on a luminous, jewel-like quality and the structures, lit from within, form a truly dramatic setting.

  • On our educational Junior Architect Tour, school-age children and their parents get to learn how architecture impacts their lives.

  • We also schedule private tours of Wright's Taliesin West with an architect or personal tour guide for individuals or small groups.

  • Special tours for large groups can be arranged for guests looking to experience both the interior and exterior areas of Taliesin West.


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Description

Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours where visitors can experience Wright’s brilliance.

Frank Lloyd Wright's talent for creatively linking indoor and outdoor spaces is on display during the engaging 1-Hour Panorama Tour.  Throughout the tour we'll explore a number of buildings which are connected by outdoor pathways, essentially joining the indoor and outdoor spaces.  This tour includes visits to areas such as the:
  • Cabaret Theater
  • Seminar Theater
  • Wright's private office
All of these spaces are linked by dramatic terraces, gardens and walkways overlooking the rugged Sonoran Desert.  See how the site itself amplifies the desert's beauty.


Tuesday and Wednesday are discount days and prices on these days have already been adjusted.

Meeting Location

Taliesin Drive (Scottsdale, AZ) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

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354 Reviews Rating: 4.5 4.5 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Interesting, abbreviated tour
Sun, Jan 31  2:15 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Ian was an excellent guide. He shared interesting facts about the home and willingly answered all questions (and there were a lot). I'm not sure what all we missed out on by doing the Panorama, but I didn't feel like I was missing anything! My father was initially "didn't care much" about visiting, but within 10 minutes, he was happy he came.
Rating: 4
A great learning experience
Fri, Jan 29  2:15 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Each time I return to Taliesin West, I learn something new. This time, I learned more about how Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture came from and blended with the surrounding landscape. The tour guide was knowledgeable and answered questions completely. I look forward to returning.
Rating: 5
Excellent insight into the life of FLR.
Fri, Jan 29  10:15 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Our guide gave an excellent dissertation on the history and the accomplishments of FLR. He presented excellent detail about the background of Taliesin West and construction of the facility. Great job all around!
Rating: 5
Fantastic
Wed, Jan 27  2:15 PM Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
The tour guide was outstanding!!
Rating: 4
great
Wed, Jan 27  2:15 PM Male 70+ Combination Group of Friends
 
the one hour tour was great, but after completing it, we wished there was more.
Rating: 5
excellent learning opportunity
Tue, Jan 26  10:15 AM Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
All of our group thoroughly enjoyed the tour. So much to learn about Frank Lloyd Wright, his genius, his skills, his passions. They are all expressed by the venue and the guide. It is a beautiful and very unique facility. If I wanted to be an architect this is the school Im would want to go to!
Rating: 5
Very interesting place and a great tour guide!
Tue, Jan 26  10:15 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
The whole property is fascinating and learning the history makes it that much better. I look forward to going back to take some of the other tours.
Rating: 5
Concise tour rendered by architectural afficionado
Fri, Jan 22  10:15 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
 
Our tour guide was perfect in answering questions from the group--he obviously loved his subject and it showed.
Rating: 5
*****
Thu, Jan 21  2:15 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
*****
Rating: 5
Nice tour - great guide
Fri, Jan 15  2:15 PM Male 70+ Local Group of Friends
 
Nice tour with a great guide
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Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is highly recommended, as space is limited per tour. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased using a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
Why are the ticket prices different on certain days?
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are our Discount Days and the ticket price has already been adjusted on these days. Keep in mind that all adults ages 13 and up are the same price on these days. Discounts can still be applied for Frank Lloyd Wright Association members by calling Zerve at (888) 516-0811.
What is the main difference between the flagship tours? Which one should I take?
Our three flagship tours vary by duration and sights seen. The 90-minute Insights Tour is our most popular tour and is offered the most often. If you are looking for a more in-depth tour, consider the 3-hour Extended Insights Tour which includes everything on the Insights Tour and more, including guest speakers. However, if you are short on time, consider taking the Panorama Tour, which is 1-hour long and includes many highlights of the property but does not include the personal living quarters. In addition to our three year-round tours, we also offer a number of seasonal tours as well that explore other areas of Taliesin West.
Are there any age limits? Can we bring our kids?
Yes, children can attend the tour, however, please note that younger children may not fully understand the content and get much out of it. As parents, you should use your best judgement as to whether your child will enjoy the tour. We do offer a reduced price Youth ticket for ages 4-12 and infants and toddlers under 4 years old can come for free.
What about bad weather?
Taliesin West was built to be a part of its surroundings, therefore the tour is a combination of viewing interior spaces that are connected by outdoor walkways. The tour will run in moderate weather, but may be cancelled in the case of severe weather. You will be notified if the tour is cancelled and will be allowed to reschedule your tickets or receive credit for a future event.
Can we explore Taliesin West on our own or do we need to take a tour?
All tours of Taliesin West are guided and guests are not allowed to explore on their own. Admission to the bookstore is free of charge but guests must have tour tickets to view the remainder of the property.
Is Taliesin West handicap and stroller accessible?
Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark built between 1937 and 1959. As such, it was not designed or built to contemporary accessibility standards. The pathway for tours are not all paved and include gravel walkways, uneven steps and stairs. Narrow, steep-sloped ramps over steps are available for guests to use at their own discretion throughout the tour. Ramps are 26” in width with slopes ranging from 21 to 27 degrees. If bringing young kids or infants, we recommend a stroller that has larger wheels or a baby bjorn style carrier.
Do you allow photography?
Guests are welcome to take photos for their personal use. There are a few areas where we do not allow photography, but your tour guide will alert you to these areas during the tour. If you are looking to use photos in a professional capacity, please contact us prior to purchasing your tickets by clicking on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to make arrangements.
Is Taliesin West open all year round?
Yes, we operate tours throughout the entire year. The Panorama Tour runs all year round, however, not all tours are offered throughout the entire year. Please be sure to check our Calendar of Other Activities for the exact tour schedule on the day you plan to visit.
Do you have a gift shop?
Yes, Anneliese's Bookstore is located next to the main parking lot and stocks the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® products and books. Admission to the bookstore is free of charge and its regular hours of operation are 8:30am to 6:00pm October - May, 8:30am - 4pm June - August and 8:30am - 5pm in September.
What should I wear? What should I bring?
We suggest guests wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Since a portion of the tour takes place outside, be prepared for the day's weather and note there are gravel walkways that connect the buildings, so please be sure to wear appropriate shoes. We also recommend bringing a bottle of water and an umbrella. While we have a limited number of umbrellas available for guests, they can come in handy both on rainy and sunny days in the desert.
Are food and drinks available for purchase?
Food is not available for purchase. We do not recommend bringing outside food or drink on your tour, unless you'd like to bring a bottle of water, therefore we suggest grabbing something to eat either before or after your tour.
Is there parking available?
Yes, there is a free parking lot for all guests.
Are pets allowed to come?
No, other than certified service dogs, pets are not permitted.
What about guests with special needs?
Guests with special needs who are interested in visiting us but choose not to take the walking tour may request an Interpretive Guide and view a video on the history of Taliesin West while on site. Visually and hearing impaired guests who wish to bring someone to provide assistance on the tour such as a sign language interpreter may do so and the person providing assistance will not be charged admission.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
Do you allow private parties or events?
Spacious Taliesin West is well suited for hosting exclusive corporate receptions and dinners. Groups ranging in size from 20 to 120 have experienced memorable evenings at Taliesin West using the many indoor and outdoor spaces. For more information about setting up a private event, please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to get in touch with our staff.
Do you offer large group tours?
Yes, group tours are available and tours can be custom designed for prearranged groups of 15 or more. Please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to discuss.
Can we do a private tour?
With advance notice (seven day notice preferred), individuals with very small groups may schedule a tour by an architect or personal guide. Please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to discuss pricing and reservations.

About

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is proud to present, Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-famous home and architectural laboratory, which offers guests the unique, immersive experience of a powerful and extremely personal National Historic Landmark.

Just minutes from downtown Scottsdale, Taliesin West is Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece. In 1937, Wright and his apprentices built an architectural wonder out of the stone and sand that surrounded them in the Sonoran desert on the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Many of those apprentices (“the Fellowship”) who worked and lived alongside Mr. Wright still live at Taliesin West, as do the current students and faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture -- making Taliesin West an ongoing, vibrant community.

The Taliesin West experience is both immersive and powerful. Guests are fully welcomed into every room and space—nothing on the tour is behind ropes or under glass. The tours, which include such attractions as the Cabaret Theater, Garden Room, Desert Shelters, and Mr. Wright’s living quarters and private office, are filled with surprise, majestic views, and intimate interior details. Each tour inspires visitors with the innovative principles, beautiful creations, technological experiments, and unparalleled body of work of Frank Lloyd Wright. As a result, guests find the Taliesin West tour experience delightfully engaging and deeply relevant. While photos and descriptions may give you a hint of what’s in store, there is no substitute for experiencing it first-hand.

Come to Taliesin West and be inspired.
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